More than 150 students at Brauser Maimonides Academy in Fort Lauderdale led demonstrations of hands-on activities such as 3D printing, coding, robots and more during the school’s first annual Maker Expo.
This Modern Orthodox Jewish day school’s Philip Esformes STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) program enabled the students to learn the activities they demonstrated at the expo and acquire their passion for making, inventing, problem-solving, micro-computing, engineering and much more.
STEM education is a movement that is intended to help teachers and their students understand how the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics impact their world and prepare them for the workforce of tomorrow.
Hanna Shekhter, director of STEM Innovation and Education at BMA, loved the expo’s turnout.
“I’m so glad everyone came out,” Shekhter said at the expo. “The kids are really enjoying themselves and they’re engaged and the parents are so impressed by the children. I think it turned out really well.”
Shekhter noted that the expo shows that the school is serious about learning and teaching STEM-related fields.
“I think it’s important for schools to give an opportunity for students to try different things, especially in STEM, in computers, in coding and in electronics. Anything they are able to expose their students to is going to be beneficial to them.”
There were stations for every grade, from kindergarten to eighth, at the expo.
“It’s nice to have a first grader see what they’re going to be doing in second, third and fourth grade so I think they are excited about seeing what all the grades have to offer,” Shekhter said.
Avi Girnun, a seventh grade student at the school, demonstrated his passion for 3D printing at the expo and said about learning this activity, “It makes me feel really good that I learned a new thing and I can do it by myself.”
“I feel like when 3D printing improves, I can be very ahead and know how to print it,” he continued.
Sixth grader Tal Naider said, “I think it’s really cool how you’re able to learn to be innovated and able to learn how to use technology because let’s be honest, the future of the world has a lot of technology in it, and I think it’s really important to learn this at a young age.”
Another sixth grader, Dalia Leibowitz, said about learning the activity she demonstrated, “I learned how you can experiment with different objects and different pieces of technology and see what you can create when you put them together.”
Third grader Oriya Benizri said, “I learned that you can do so many things with a computer.”
“Maybe one day, I can teach kids how to code,” Oriya added.
Vanessa Shamosh, the school’s director of admissions, said, “I think the fact that parents are here looking at what their children are doing on a daily basis in our school is probably the most important aspect about this expo.”
Josh Leibowitz, Dalia’s father and a past president of the school’s board, said, “We’re a private school, and I think we expect more out of a private school as we should, so when we have a school like BMA innovating like this, it’s really exciting. I’m proud of my daughter and I’m proud of the school.”
Shelley Benizri, Oriya’s mother, is also proud of her child and the school.
“When he comes home every day after STEM class, the first thing he usually tells me is what they did in the lab. It’s exciting and I’m excited to see where it’s going to take him in the future.”
Visit brausermaimonides.org or the school’s Facebook page or call 954-989-6886 for more information on BMA.